Brandon Creek Boat Hire
Brandon Creek Boat Hire
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Experience Self-drive Day Boat Hire from our base on the river Little Ouse at Brandon Bank. Our location provides an excellent base to explore the Anglian Waterways to Ely, Denver or Brandon. All routes offer peaceful, rural, lock-free cruising. Whether you are a novice or an experienced skipper you will receive a full induction and handover before your departure.
Downham Market, Norfolk, England

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Cheshire47 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
We booked at the last minuet because the weather was forecast to be good, and were delighted with the boat, scenery and whole experience. Dan is really helpful making sure we felt comfortable driving the boat, with this being the first time we had driven a narrow boat. The boat was lovely and clean with all the things you need for a day trip and added features like coffee, tea, milk and a blanket! You could go either towards Ely via pubs, or the way we chose, towards the RSPB park, where we didn't see a sole, was wonderful tranquil with many birds. 10/10 for value for money and a super day out.
Written 29 April 2024
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Emily P
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
A very clean and well equipped narrow boat, friendly service. Enjoyed a lovely day on the Ouse. We were *complete* beginners but we're given a good introduction and felt confident driving the boat. Really lovely day and good area to explore
Written 26 August 2023
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Thank you for taking the time to share your experience of hiring Narrowboat Matilda for the day. 😀
Written 3 September 2023
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Kenneth P
Cambs, Germany6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Right from the off, Danny was very welcoming and easy to talk with. He explained all aspects of the boat, equipment operation and use thoroughly. I must admit, with me being more of a visual learner, the explanations of how to drive, steer, manoeuvre and moor Matilda (the boat) was a little confusing, but after a short (very!) accompanying trip along Brandon Creek, both Danny and I were happy enough for him to leave, and for me and my first mate (oooh…all nautical now!) to continue of day alone. Using the first minutes of the trip to glide past tens of moored boats was a bit, daunting, but after getting in to open water and heading towards Ely, we never looked back! People on the water were extremely friendly, and this walking along tow paths waved enthusiastically with definate envy in their eyes.

All in all, we had a marvellous day with no issues on a very clean and well appointed boat.

…wonder how much it will cost to buy one………..
Written 12 August 2023
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Thank you for sharing your experience. We are pleased you had a marvellous day aboard Matilda. 😀
Written 3 September 2023
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rayking2018
Diss, UK6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Had a great day, weathe was good and boat was like new. no problem parking the bear near a pub or in Ely
Written 10 August 2023
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Glad you had a great day aboard Matilda.😀
Written 3 September 2023
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Val M
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
We had a lovely, leisurely cruise on the beautiful narrowboat Matilda. Our briefing was thorough and comprehensive and Matilda was a joy to steer.
Such lovely scenery full of wildlife, we'll be back!
Written 13 September 2022
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Thank you for taking the time to writing your review and glad that you had a lovely cruise aboard Matilda. 😀
Written 9 October 2022
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Andrei J
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
Great service and an experience that all the family has enjoyed . Easy to use, straightforward instructions . Very friendly and professional team , highly recommend .
Written 23 August 2022
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Thank you for you recommendation- it is appreciated. 😀
Written 9 October 2022
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mpgshire
Upwell, UK142 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
We had a great day on Daisy, it’s a lovely boat, easy to drive and manoeuvre (as long as you remember what you are taught at the induction). I moored in the centre of Ely with a large audience of tourists watching on the quayside (no pressure). We had a picnic on board,riverside pub stop and saw loads of wildlife (the children loved the herons). It was so leisurely and great family bonding time. We will be doing this again. The boat is of a very high standard and the service is first class. Worth every penny!
Written 17 August 2022
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We are pleased that you had a great days hire aboard Daisy and that you were able to experience the rivers leisurely pace with your family. Look forward to welcoming you aboard soon. 😀
Written 9 October 2022
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amheather
March, UK2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
We had a lovely day out going upto Ely. Daisy was easy to handle. All you needed to know about handling the boat was well passed on.
Written 14 August 2022
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Thank you for your review. We are pleased that you found Daisy easy to handle and had a lovely day 😀
Written 9 October 2022
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lal1971
Norfolk, UK67 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Friends
A perfect way to spend a day with family and friends is to hire beautiful Matilda the narrow boat. A wonderful day was had by all. A really helpful and informative handover from Danny at the start of the day. The boat is fabulous, equipped with everything needed for a day on the river. We had a fun and relaxed time, leisurely cruising to Ely and mooring up for a picnic on the river bank. Highly recommended.
Written 5 June 2022
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Thank you for your lovely comments about Narrowboat Matilda. We are pleased that you all had a wonderful, relaxing day aboard - that’s what it’s all about!😀
Written 17 July 2022
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Louise
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
Fabulous day out on Matilda (second time). Four friends out for a wonderful lazy day on the river with a picnic.
Saw lots of wildlife including Kingfishers and Herons and Neil the Seal came to say hi at the end of the day. Couldn't be better. Lovely owners showed us the ropes before leaving us to decide where to go.
Written 24 May 2022
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Thank you for taking the time to write a review. It is appreciated. A lazy day is what boating is all about 😃. You certainly had a treat when you returned to base with Neil watching the world go by on our jetty.
Written 4 June 2022
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